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*HELP DUers: Please...we need to get creative!!! (Please K&R)

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(I was previously given permission by Skinner to post periodically about http://www.wishadoo.org, especially when it involves DUers, with this required disclaimer: "The administrators of Democratic Underground have given permission for one discussion thread on this topic. The administrators of Democratic Underground make no claims regarding the legitimacy or illegitimacy of this fundraising effort. Permission was granted by Skinner on 8/6/2010, and the moderators have been notified.")





If you're not familiar with Wishadoo, please see my journal for previous posts.

Please also check out two recent related OPs: 1) Asking for your help in spreading the word and 2) an OP -- a rant, really -- introducing the idea of a DU Angel Circle.


HERE'S THE SITUATION, and it will come as no surprise to anyone here. The needs of DUers outweigh the number of DUers (who see these posts, at least) who have the ability to help. And I'm not only talking about financial support; I'm also talking about emotional support and advice. I need your help in spreading the word about Wishadoo! so we can gather more people who may have the resources to help others and who want to be of service to The Common Good.

I posted an OP yesterday offering another creative idea as a way to raise funds: AUCTIONS. Please read and let me know if it is something you may be interested in, both in offering products/services/creations/yourself (!) for auction or in bidding on such auctions. Before I get people involved in creating listings, I'd like to know there is some reasonable level of interest within the DU Community.

NOW, to focus on the DUers in need....

Click the DU name to see their Wishlist post. Please keep in mind that, even if you can't help financially (not all needs are financial), there are other ways to be supportive. Simple acknowledgment means THE WORLD; it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there and ask out loud this way. As we work toward legislative changes to ease the needless suffering of so many, we also need to simultaneously come together and have the courage to ask, offer, give, receive, and pay it forward. Most of the Wishlist posts are a direct result of the lack of a social safety net and lack of jobs. You can contact these DUers directly via Wishadoo or here at DU with any questions. Some posts have convenient donate widgets embedded for you to see the progress of their individual fundraising needs.

BTW, I swear PayPal works differently for every single account. If you have the option to select "Personal" and then "other," that should eliminate any fees. But, in my experience, those options aren't always provided.

If there are other forums here at DU where this should be shared, would someone please do so? Thanks.


There is one new DUer Wishlist post to share today:

chervilant:
"I am 57 and was wrongfully terminated the day before our Christmas break. I am one month away from homelessness. I'm planning to get back in school this summer, but I need help to make it til then. I have been and will continue to look for ANY work, and if I get a job in time to negate this financial need, I'll return the money."

There is a PayPal button on her Wishlist post.


So many other DUers are still in dire need of our help and support:



* rbrnmw: In addition to ongoing extreme financial stress, and being turned down for SSD, there is the added stress of her father's health. Please offer good vibes, well wishes and/or prayers regarding her father, and any other support you can offer regarding her family's situation.

Approximately $75 has been raised thus far.


* kookaburra: Caregivers in this country are suffering tremendously. Kookaburra is the perfect example of our broken system and distorted priorities as a nation. Click her name to learn more about her situation.


Please see her Wishlist post for update.


* VenusRising needs support with rent and bills. Many here offered moral support when her husband passed away suddenly three years ago. Please also see her recent DU thread for more information about her current situation.

VenusRising has received more donations but has a way to go. Her Wishlist post has a widget which shows the progress of her fundraiser.


* Another long-time DUer in good standing is asking for help. What he wants more than anything is to find an IT job but could use support in other ways now as well. He would prefer to not share his DU name but is indeed a member here.

This DUer has VERY PROMISING jobs leads thanks to suggestions by DUers!!!!! If you need a job or know of positions available, please see this OP.


* bakprkr , has posted the most recent request in the Wishlist. He is a vet, who has been struggling tremendously to avoid homelessness and needs transportation for employment (mass transit simply isn't available in many areas). His request is straightforward, and he's included a PayPal clickable icon. He has also permitted me to share his blog link, where you can follow his journey:

http://homelessvarmyvet.blogspot.com/

bakprkr also has received donations but has a way to go. His Wishlist post has a widget which shows the progress of his fundraiser, and his blog keeps us posted about his journey!


* Deek's Wish You may remember deek's thread from April 2012, where she asked for votes to win a new wheelchair van for her daughter. DUers voted, but she didn't win. The engine on her van died and she needs a new one now, so she turned to Wishadoo! and DU for help.


* Silvershadow has a dream to start a non-profit organization for those who have Multiple Sclerosis and other similar neurological diseases.


* Akoto is a wonderful DUer I've interacted with behind the scenes; a very selfless young person, usually asking on behalf of others, but has a very real need for transportation.


* Mtnleo2 is asking for dental help for her niece, who is homeless.



PLEASE ALSO:

* Recommend this thread and keep it kicked for visibility;

* Please scan the Wishlist in general on a regular basis; some posts are simply asking for information. It's not always about money.

* ACKNOWLEDGE these courageous people who have made themselves vulnerable by asking for help. Please offer whatever support you can (information, advice, well wishes, financial or other support, etc.)

* Share Wishadoo! with others (online and in person)...your friends, loved ones, neighbors, co-workers, other networks and organizations; after all, the more who gather...


*** IF I HAVE NEGLECTED TO INCLUDE ANY DUERS' WISHLIST POSTS, PLEASE CONTACT ME!!! ***



* * * * *
ABOUT WISHADOO!:
Anyone is welcome to use the tools at Wishadoo, so long as the Terms of Service are adhered to (basically "play nice" and don't lie). This includes creating posts in the Wishlist, a "craigslist of compassion." Most of us are struggling with one thing or another, and as you'll see, there are many categories in the Wishlist to cover a variety of issues/needs.

Wishadoo! is a comprehensive portal providing tools, resources and inspiration to connect, help/be helped, and cultivate compassion, cooperation and authentic community in myriad ways, online and in our own "backyards." Wishadoo!'s tools have been designed to integrate and be of service to all sectors of community: individuals, neighborhoods, schools, organizations and businesses.

The Wishlist is where we can ask, offer, give, receive and pay it forward. If you create a Wishlist post, let me know your DU name, and I can start to do weekly or biweekly threads such as this to highlight DUers' needs and offerings.

Any contributions to Wishadoo! itself go toward the cost of maintaining the site, NOT toward any Wishlist posts. That takes place one on one, between Wishadoo! members. If you are able to help with costs to keep the site going, I'd appreciate your generosity tremendously and will be forever indebted.
http://www.wishadoo.org/support-wishadoo/


MANY, MANY thanks to those who have already
helped support Wishadoo! in various ways!



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Reply *HELP DUers: Please...we need to get creative!!! (Please K&R) (Original post)
OneGrassRoot Mar 2013 OP
OneGrassRoot Mar 2013 #1
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2013 #38
OneGrassRoot Mar 2013 #39
NYC_SKP Mar 2013 #2
niyad Mar 2013 #3
CJCRANE Mar 2013 #4
Fire Walk With Me Mar 2013 #5
Mnemosyne Mar 2013 #6
Demo_Chris Mar 2013 #7
riderinthestorm Mar 2013 #8
Lochloosa Mar 2013 #9
OneGrassRoot Mar 2013 #16
UnrepentantLiberal Mar 2013 #10
LeftofObama Mar 2013 #11
Kookaburra Mar 2013 #12
OneGrassRoot Mar 2013 #14
glinda Mar 2013 #13
OneGrassRoot Mar 2013 #15
Iwillnevergiveup Mar 2013 #17
VenusRising Mar 2013 #18
The Straight Story Mar 2013 #19
Herlong Mar 2013 #20
chervilant Mar 2013 #21
OneGrassRoot Mar 2013 #22
OneGrassRoot Mar 2013 #23
OneGrassRoot Mar 2013 #24
deek Mar 2013 #25
riderinthestorm Mar 2013 #26
Mnemosyne Mar 2013 #27
freemay20 Mar 2013 #28
OneGrassRoot Mar 2013 #29
spanone Mar 2013 #30
Howler Mar 2013 #31
Howler Mar 2013 #32
freshwest Mar 2013 #33
Mojorabbit Mar 2013 #34
deek Mar 2013 #41
OneGrassRoot Mar 2013 #35
catrose Mar 2013 #36
OneGrassRoot Mar 2013 #37
M0rpheus Mar 2013 #40
Demo_Chris Mar 2013 #42
JNelson6563 Mar 2013 #43
OneGrassRoot Mar 2013 #44
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mmonk Mar 2013 #45
Fire Walk With Me Mar 2013 #46
deek Mar 2013 #47

Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 12:06 PM

1. kicking so this rises above old OP...lol n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 4, 2013, 11:50 AM

38. What is the meaning of the $ amount on the wish page?

Is that how much has been raised
or
how much needs to be raised?

I am talking about the amount that is above the "Contact Member" sign.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #38)

Mon Mar 4, 2013, 11:52 AM

39. How much is needed.

If one of those widgets that shows progress is embedded in the Wishlist post, that shows contributions to date.

Otherwise, I've asked people update the post manually periodically to share how much has been raised thus far.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 12:12 PM

2. K/R (nt)

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 12:29 PM

3. kicking for visibility

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 12:33 PM

4. K&R.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 12:35 PM

5. K&R!

 

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 12:48 PM

6. K&R! nt

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 01:14 PM

7. kick

 

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 01:23 PM

8. Kick. nt

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 01:33 PM

9. Open up DU.....

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #9)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 02:31 PM

16. ...

Check your inbox, please.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 02:05 PM

10. Kick

 

Thanks for what you're doing.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 02:08 PM

11. K & R!

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 02:11 PM

12. Yes, thank you OGR

May you be blessed for all of your hard work. And may those reading also be blessed.

We've raised $670 so far. I have no idea how to show that on Wishadoo or the paypal page. Sorry. When I tried to add the widget, it wouldn't add. Probably user error.

Thank you all for your help.

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Response to Kookaburra (Reply #12)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 02:15 PM

14. I manually added the amount raised to your Wishlist post...

after your recent update.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 02:13 PM

13. I like the auction idea. I would also suggest focusing upon one request when

doing an auction. I like the post about needing a new engine for handicapped van. May have not gotten the votes earlier and there are many good requests so....but a few good ones wanting help with transportation issues.

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Response to glinda (Reply #13)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 02:17 PM

15. Yes, there are so many needs...

and one isn't more worthy of another, imho.

Thanks for confirming you like the auction idea.

Either the person donating the auction item could establish which Wishlist post their auction is for, or they may leave that decision up to the person who wins the auction.

But, yes, each auction needs to be for one Wishlist post. I agree.





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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 02:43 PM

17. Kickin'

and recommending, of course!

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 02:52 PM

18. Kick and Rec OUT LOUD!!

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 02:54 PM

19. k&r(nt)

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Sun Mar 3, 2013, 03:00 PM

20. K&R

 

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 03:04 PM

21. K&R!

Regarding the auction :

I have two pieces from my "Homage to Charmstrings" series (each worth over $300 retail) that I could submit. Would that suit? I know that few people have enough discretionary funds to 'buy' jewelry ...

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Response to chervilant (Reply #21)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 03:10 PM

22. Anything is appropriate! (well, except porn...lol)

I'll email you in a bit.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 03:50 PM

23. SEE OP FOR UPDATE RE: A DU CHALLENGE!!!! :) n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #23)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 04:39 PM

24. Check out the challenge! :) n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 04:55 PM

25. DUers are very generous!

This challenge is indicative of that.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 05:31 PM

26. Kick for the challenge! Go DUers! nt

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 06:40 PM

27. K&R!

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Sun Mar 3, 2013, 06:59 PM

28. K&R eom

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 07:51 PM

29. evening kick n/t

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Sun Mar 3, 2013, 07:58 PM

30. k&r...

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 09:19 PM

31. kr

Kr

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Sun Mar 3, 2013, 10:18 PM

32. kr

Kr

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 11:07 PM

33. K & R

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 11:34 PM

34. Made a donation! nt

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Response to Mojorabbit (Reply #34)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 01:43 AM

41. Smiles to you

your contribution is making a difference in people's lives.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Mar 4, 2013, 06:26 AM

35. Early Monday AM kick n/t

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Mon Mar 4, 2013, 07:51 AM

36. k r

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Mar 4, 2013, 09:51 AM

37. kicking to keep on front page. n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Mar 4, 2013, 08:19 PM

40. Back to the top! n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 03:56 AM

42. This needs a kick I think

 

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 05:29 AM

43. K&R

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 10:55 AM

44. THOSE OF YOU WITH WISHLIST POSTS, PLEASE READ:

I'll send a message to you here and at Wishadoo later when I have time, but in case you check in here and see this message, please either update your Wishlist post with the amount raised thus far (if your post involves $$) or message me and I'll do it for you.

Thanks.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 11:02 AM

45. .

Recommended and

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 12:57 AM

46. Kick!

 

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Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:14 PM

47. kick

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